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Alliance for Community Trees Day

November 15, 2022

Presented by: The Arbor Day Foundation

Event Information

The trees that make up our communities also inspire us to work together to change our cities and towns for the better. Not only are trees at the heart of our missions, but they keep us connected throughout the year as we learn and grow together, as a network. Together we’re inspiring new tree planters and planting more trees than ever before. Alone, in our communities, we can do so little. But working together, as a network, we can do so much. Knowing that we’re stronger together will allow us to continue raising the awareness of trees as a solution to some of the world’s most pressing issues. For over 25 years Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) members have planted and cared for trees, changing the landscape of our community habitat. Join us this year at ACT Day to network, learn, and be inspired by members and other industry professionals as we strengthen this network and industry – together.

This meeting offers:

  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Networking
  • Educational sessions

2022 Agenda

Tentative, subject to change.
All events are at the The Westin Seattle unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00–8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation View Slides
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m. Welcome / Our Nation’s Urban Forest Beattra Wilson, Assistant Director for Urban & Community Forestry, USDA Forest Service
  • 8:30–8:50 a.m. It Takes a Partnership: Growing a Green Cities Network to Restore and Care for Local Urban Forests Joanna Nelson de Flores, Sr. Managing Director, Forterra View Slides
  • 8:50–9:20 a.m. Environmental Justice in Urban & Community Forestry Dr. Christine Carmichael, Founder & Principal, Fair Forests Consulting View Slides
  • 9:20–9:35 a.m. Adapting Community Forestry for the Future Brian Wiedenmeier, Executive Director, Friends of the Urban Forest View Slides
  • 9:35–9:50 a.m. Creating Equitable Canopy Through Tree Maintenance Kate Bolkin, Community Arborist, TreesCharlotte View Slides
  • 9:50–10:00 a.m. Avoiding the Sow and Go with Groundwork Bridgeport Beth Corrigan, Customer Success Manager, PlanIT Geo View Slides
  • 10:00–10:30 a.m. Break + Speaker Table Topics
  • 10:30–11:00 a.m. Disaster Planning for the Urban Forest Matthew Lee, Community Landscape Forester, Green Infrastructure Center View Slides
  • 11:00–11:30 a.m. Tree Equity Score: Catalyzing Urban Tree Action Chris David, Vice President, GIS & Data Science; Geri Rosenberg, Senior Manager, Geospatial Analysis & Development, American Forest View Slides
  • 11:30–11:45 a.m. Planting Orchards in Schools Richard Hodges, Founder & Program Manager, ReTreeUS View Slides
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Reforesting Jefferson County Public Schools: Creating Synergy for City-Wide Impact Charlotte Jones, Operations Manager & Arborist, TreesLouisville View Slides
  • 12:00–1:15 p.m. Lunch + Speaker Table Topics 
  • 1:15–1:45 p.m. Starting a Tree Nursery: What You Need to Know Megan Higgins Palomo, Nursery Director, Tree Pittsburgh View Slides
  • 1:45–2:00 p.m. DC State Nursery at Casey Tree Farm: Partnerships and Production Techniques Reid Kemp, General Manager, Casey Tree Farm View Slides
  • 2:00–2:30 p.m. How to Manage What You Can’t Measure: The Backend of an Urban Forestry Nonprofit Italia Peretti, Director of Communications & Development, Casey Trees View Slides
  • 2:30–2:45 p.m. Climate Action Rooted in Idaho's City of Trees Matt Perkins, Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager, Idaho Department of Lands View Slides
  • 2:45–3:00 p.m. Tree Giveaways: Lessons Learned & Best Practices Dan Dinell, President, Trees for Honolulu's Future View Slides
  • 3:00–3:15 p.m. Tree Stewards Training in the Time of Zoom Tom Schreiber, Tree Care Coordinator, Western Reserve Land Conservancy View Slides
  • 3:15–3:45 p.m. Break + Speaker Table Topics 
  • 3:45–3:55 p.m. Carbon Credits for Urban Trees Mark McPherson, Executive Director, City Forest Credits View Slides
  • 3:55–4:25 p.m. Money Trees: Effective Contractual Partnerships with Nonprofits Lee Mueller, Market Manager, Davey Resource Group; Lisa Ciecko, Plant Ecologist, City of Seattle Parks & Recreation View Slides
  • 4:25–4:55 p.m. How Exceptional Partnerships and Effective Collaboration Created an Innovative Urban Forest Master Plan Catherine Martineau, Executive Director, Canopy; Walter Passmore, State Urban Forester, CAL FIRE View Slides
  • 4:55–5:20 p.m. Special Event 
  • 5:20–5:30 p.m. Closing Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Social Hour

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